Saturday, November 1, 2008
Hello! So what has been keeping the updates to a trickle as of late? Well, I have been a bit busy making a number of changes to the Heliograph in the past few weeks, and I am almost done with them for the immediate future (in theory). However, I did wish to recap what has changed and why…
The larger screen appearance – I felt the standard Blogger templates were too small for the blog, and upon acquiring a larger monitor, I decided to expand the blog’s appearance. Additionally, I have been experimenting with different background color, and though I an not quite satisfied with the current background (I was hoping it would appear as older parchment, but I think it just looks pale yellow in retrospect), I felt it was better than the typical retina-burning white that was used before. This will eventually change, but low on the priority list, I would say.
More advertisements – I consider myself quite pro-business individual, and do wish to assist hard-working merchants in promoting their products, be it SL in-world prim bending, or RL design and attire. However, I find it odd that though there are brilliant creators working spending large amounts of time on amazing products, their goods never reach their full marketing potential (e.g only a few people know of their products) as no. So to do my small part, I have made an "Advertising Column", to promote Steampunk goods and products (after all, it is a Steampunk blog), nor to I charge (merchants have a hard enough time running their business, much less having to worry and budget for advertising). If you are running a business that focuses on Steampunk products, and wish for a bit of space here, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
More RL Steampunk Fashion links – Much to my surprise, after studying my Google Analytics results, there is a strong RL Steampunk contingent that makes frequent visits to the Steampunk Fashion posts. To alleviate having to jump around to different hyperlinks, I have consolidated the links in the Advertisement Column, just under the SL items, in an effort to make finding those links a bit easier.
Removal of the "Steampunk Calendar of Events" – After a bit more thought, I felt that it took up too much space, and as I did not keep it up to date, was a bit of a moot point. So it is gone – if there are any notable events, I will simply try to make note of it on the main blog column.
Consolidation of Links – With Blogger’s new hyperlink options, I’ve attempted to re-vamp the links I frequent. Though not as detailed as Baron Wulfenbach’s masterful link site, it does have the places I do haunt, and as most everything in SL, I try to keep it relatively up-to-date. Again, if you know of a Steampunk or Neo-Victorian link you feel is a good reference (and is updated at least somewhat regularly), please do drop me and email. (I have yet to make a sidebar link for his page, but you can find the plethora of links at: http://www.caerfyrddin.org/mostlycaledon.htm ).
Finally, the new additions – A quick glance to the left provides shows what has devoured too much of my time lately, especially since I thought it would only take few minutes to complete. Still, the "Steampunk Travelogue" is a link site for SL Steampunk locales in SL, some of which most people know about, but perhaps a few that aren’t as well know. I have a few more modifications to make to it (e.g. adding a few more sites, better pictures and descriptions), but it is "ready enough" for public consumption (I think). Again, if there is a Steampunk site in SL you think merits adding, please do let me know of said location. I do have one more "secondary site" to add, but it (as the Travelogue) has taken much longer than anticipated, so I will push its "unveiling" back by a week *sigh*!
That is it for the time being! If you have suggestions on how to improve the blog (e.g. modifications, topics, ect..), please let me know – and thanks for visiting the Heliograph!